after world war ie. then as i priest avenue the government he and others had to keep their politicians the the himself. his passion for the poor impressed the vatican. as pope he set out in the footsteps of st. peter to become the rock that the church stands on. he was never to waiver, he was shot five times in an assassination attempt. as his body bent his spiritual spine did not. relentlessly he it can his message to a world that hello. some hoped he would take a stands on matters such as material. >> to commit your service to the truth. america needs much prayer, or it will lose its soul. >> reporter: in 1987 behind bullet-proof gas he was greeted with agolation. but he called on fidel ka too. h he told -- but he called on fidel castro. he spoke openly against the war in iraq. causing discomfort for president bush. it wasn't the first time whence. the vatican had promised the pope would not bring the topic of stem cell research. the pope ignored that and made a speech on the -p topic ooze the president listened. >> a free and gorgeous network. what is what the church is about to be.